"Ida, would you cook lunch tomorrow?" Mom requested on Friday night, "Of course mak, what do you have in mind?" "We could do Nasi Ayam if you like or just fry the chicken." Mom replied.
I slept at 4 am on Saturday morning and woke at 8 am ... my usual Saturday routines. Sayang would arrive from outstation around 1 am and we'd go have late supper in town around 2 am. Been doing this for the past couple of months.
No choice, had to wake up, jumped into the shower & drove to mom's house. Went straight to the kitchen and started lunch at 10:30 am. Cleaned the chicken, prepare the veges, cut chillies into pieces .. that's for sambal belacan, the MUST HAVE! Everything was ready by 12:30 noon.
Ayam goreng, mixed vege & the oh-so-yummy sambal belachann...
what's left of the sambal belachann ...
we didn't want the ordinary tablespoon, we wanted the sendokk! yeah!!
While I was in the kitchen, kids, my in laws & sayang got the house cleaned and prepared for the evening's Al Wida. Furnitures moved, floor mopped, carpets vacuumed, laid and properly arranged.
Not forgetting the other parts of the house.
The wet kitchen, cleaned
The dry kitchen, ready for servings
The guests' washroom, floor mopped & dried
The study's washroom, standing by for 'emergencies', in case the other washroom's occupied
That's me, trying to document every single thing of the event and as usual, forgot to take photos of most of the food served.
For these kind of gatherings, guests usually would go back home with a little souvenir/goody. Mom prepared little potpourris, with the plastic cup hand painted all by herself. I also went for the Glass Painting class but never got the chance to practice, mom even painted the rubbish bin!
Mom ordered ayam panggang, nasi briani with dal, roti jala with kari, nasi impit with sambal satay ... A few very kind well wishers brough jellies, fruits, stir fried potatoes ... Thank you all. May Allah bless you.
We didn't cook anything but I sure was busy preparing things! Get the dishes served, replenished, ran to the front, to the back, to the front again ... I wasn't alone though, everyone did their parts.
Step By Step To Serving The Ayam Panggang
Wipe the bowl, make sure very dry so not to spoil the food, ya?
Then untie the knot, slowly now .. do not spill. No time to order for extras dear
Now... the best part. Food testing / tasting
Misah brought the yummy potato
Like I said, I served only .. ready to eat!
And my favorite part ... the deserts. Aren't they gorgeous and colorful??
Fresh from the backyard
What's left on the rambutan tree ..
the unriped little green rambutans
to be continued ...